Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, sold one of his internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius's life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vance u Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, sold one of his internet companies, PayPal...

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Title:Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Author:Ashlee Vance
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Reviews

  • Silvana
    Jan 26, 2018
    A very insightful account on a man who wants to reach the stars (well, Mars) and save humanity from extinction and global warming, yet often falls short from showing a modicum of kindness toward his employees and prone to going ballistic over typos in emails and abbreviations. Oh, did ...
  • Sharon
    May 11, 2017
    Ironically, one of the quotes that made the biggest impression on me in Elon Musk: Inventing the Future didn't come from Musk, but from data scientist Jeffrey Hammerbacher: "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads." I mean, da-amn. This is so ...
  • Mark Bao
    May 23, 2015
    Excellent and inspiring. This book brought up one key question: do you have to be a bit reckless to be good? Musk was reckless in two areas: in the risks he took, and the way that he manages his companies. As for the first, the number of near-death experiences that Tesla, SpaceX and...
  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 02, 2015
    Elon Musk is not exactly a name that rolls easily off the tongue, like say Tony Stark, the fictional person to whom he is most often compared, or even Steve Jobs, a real-world visionary, whose mantle Musk now wears. There is no question that Musk is a special individual, someone with B...
  • Barbara
    Feb 04, 2018
    4.5 stars Billionaire Elon Musk is a businessman, engineer, and inventor with a radical vision for the future of mankind. In fact Musk wants nothing less than to establish a human colony on Mars.....with a view toward exploring Jupiter's moon Europa someday. Musk fears there ...
  • Louise
    May 18, 2015
    3.5 Stars I like the can-do attitude Vance took with hounding Musk and wearing him down till he agreed to cooperate with this biography. I also appreciated all the "Holy crap, Musk is CRAZY. CRAZY like a fox," moments I had while reading this. The only thing that keeps this from bei...
  • Tiffany
    Jul 10, 2015
    I'm not sure why the reviews are so universally high across the board for this book. I thought it was poorly written and focused on all the wrong things. Each chapter, particularly those towards the end, was repetitive and paced as though it was a stand-alone article, which made the pa...
  • Arun Divakar
    Nov 01, 2015
    Google?s Larry Page says that ?Good ideas are always crazy until they are not? and this is a statement of truth. If before 2007, someone were audacious enough to tell you that a mobile phone made in the US will turn the industry on its head then you would have called that a crazy...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    Jun 08, 2016
    This is an incredibly inspiring book, a important look into a game-changing worldview, and a valuable lesson to the world. As Musk says, "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." Strangely enough, I've followed Space X' and Tesla's...
  • Trish
    Mar 24, 2018
    ?It?s nuts that people would want to vilify Elon. He might say some things that rub people the wrong way, but at some point, the being nice to everyone thing doesn?t work.? Elon Musk is fascinating. I could simply tick off some biographical points such as him having been mar...
  • Bradley
    Mar 23, 2018
    There are few people outside of the fiction world that I truly admire, but barring some unseen or future tragedy, I think Musk might well be on the way to becoming my hero. If I didn't know any better, I might be looking at all his stated claims and seeing all the echoes of Asimov a...
  • Tom LA
    Jun 23, 2015
    Let me offer this thought: SpaceX is the coolest and most exciting company in the world at this moment in time. Yes, Tesla is also extremely cool. And inspiring. But nothing can beat that feeling of power, wonder and deep inspiration that SpaceX will give you as soon as you start to...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 21, 2018
    I still want a Tesla. Elon Musk has fascinated me since I first learned about SpaceX, so I have wanted to read this book for awhile now. I really found that this book took a real candor approach to telling Elon?s story and honestly when describing Elon. That is so appreciated whe...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Mar 31, 2016
    Que o autor do livro comeou de um ponto relativamente ctico e terminou defendendo o Elon Musk contra quase tudo fala muito sobre a figura que ele representa. Um livro que saiu em um timo momento, quando a Tesla Motors deu a volta por cima e os lanamentos da SpaceX passaram a da...
  • Snezan Cebic
    May 22, 2015
    I wish I could rate this book 2.5 stars. It's a great long read Atlantic or Wired piece about a visionary person with an interesting childhood that is at the forefront of a technology shift and an unsuccessful emotional biography. There are a ton of details about Elon's upbringing, esp...
  • Cyndi
    Apr 15, 2017
    Ok. First of all I'm not a huge fan of biographies, autobiographies yes, but not biographies. They usually feel bias. Such as this one did. I'm sure that Musk is eccentric but he often comes across as nuts. Since he has done so much to help mankind, I'd rather not see him as nuts. ...
  • Louise
    Sep 01, 2015
    Ashlee Vance covers the multiple aspects of Elon Musk?s life and work. Since Musk?s work consumes the better part of his life, most of the text is on his business projects, each of which is a breakthrough for its time. His South African childhood was marked by bullies at school,...
  • Наталия Янева
    Mar 15, 2017
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  • Ana
    Mar 28, 2016
    Yes I am still crushing on Elon Musk. I'm counting on him to deliver on his promise of building a city on Mars. The time has come for us to destroy yet another planet. ...
  • Indrani Sen
    May 01, 2017
    A very well written biography about a man more spectacular than most known superheroes. Be it in intelligence, leadership, interesting backstory, character flaws, Grecian tragedy - it's all there. A man who will stop at nothing to achieve what he envisions. There have been adversaries ...
  • Lyubov
    Jan 12, 2016
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  • Mario Tomic
    May 24, 2015
    Amazing book, if you liked the biography of Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos this book is a must-read! I found it very inspiring and motivational, Elon Musk has the potential to change the world we live in forever. His vision and commitment to make the world a better place through is mind-blow...
  • Umut Rados
    Apr 18, 2018
    Whether you follow him or his companies/works, Elon Musk is an important innovator of our times, and I would suggest everyone to read this book to get inspired or experience another world. I really admire how Vance captured his biography, which is not an easy thing to do. If you read...
  • Cassie
    Jun 23, 2015
    I?m super interested in Elon Musk and this book provided me insight into the way he thinks, what drives him, how he gets things done, etc. Some small criticisms-- There were times I noticed information that was being repeated, which made it feel like Vance may have written eac...
  • TS Chan
    Jul 31, 2015
    Space. Renewable Energy. Internet. This is a man after my own heart. Out of all the super entrepreneurs and technological legends of the modern era, Musk ticks all the boxes on my dreams and passions, particularly space. Space has always been the frontier that intrigues me the most...
  • Marla Munkh-achit
    Jun 08, 2015
    I usually don?t write reviews for books but this time I had to. Elon Musk is arguably one of the best innovators in the Silicon Valley if not the world. Before reading this book, I just thought of him as a rich start-up dude who makes rocket ships and electric cars. I wasn?t wrong ...
  • Gorab Jain
    Apr 10, 2017
    4+ For something which isn't that difficult, there's this phrase : "It's not rocket science." Well.... looks like its going to change. Because with SpaceX, rocket science is not going to be rocket science anymore! The ratings are for the biography and not for the man himself. Beca...
  • Nina
    Jul 25, 2018
    Such an interesting and well-written biography! instagram || my blog || twitter ...
  • Vladimir Ćeha
    Nov 16, 2017
    U poslednje vreme, ime Ilona Maska postalo je sveprisutno u vestima. Ilon je ?ovek koji stoji iza trenutno najuzbudljivijih projekata na svetu. Spomenu?u najva?nije: SpaceX, privatna aeronauti?ka kompanija koja ?alje rakete u svemir, znatno povoljnije i efikasnije od svojih takmac...
  • Nguyen Linh Chi
    Jan 18, 2017
    At first, the idea of reading 380-page autobiography about a technology-savvy made me downhearted. However, eventually I extremely relish this book that I cannot put it down. Takeaways: 1. There is nothing wrong about being an introvert and enjoying reading books. You will find a l...